A warehouse is a commercial building for storage of goods. Manufacturers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, transport businesses, customs, and many others use ware houses. They are usually large plain buildings in industrial areas of cities and towns and villages.
Sometimes warehouses are designed for the loading and unloading of goods directly from railways, airports, or seaports. They often have cranes and forklifts for moving goods, which are usually placed on ISO standard pallets loaded into pallet racks.
Stored goods can include any raw materials, packing materials, spare parts, components, or finished goods associated with agriculture, manufacturing and production.
Warehouse Service Offering 1 – Pick and Pack
Pick and Pack services are offered by many businesses that specialize in supply chain management solutions. Pick and pack is a part of a complete supply chain management process that is commonly used in, but not limited to, the retail distribution of goods.
It entails processing small to large quantities of product, often truck or train loads and disassembling them, picking the relevant product for each destination and re-packaging with shipping label affixed and invoice included. Usual service includes obtaining a fair rate of shipping from common as well as expediting truck carriers.
Typically companies will use a warehouse management system (WMS) to ensure maximum effectiveness and efficiency. WMS is software used to manage movement and storage of materials within a warehouse
Warehouse Service Offering 2 – Sub-assembly
Many warehouse companies do light assembly or sub-assembly work for their clients. This many entail receiving multiple components to the warehouse, assembling, inspecting, repackaging and shipping to their client.
The sub-assembly is a collection of parts put together as a unit, to be used in the making of a larger assembly or a final or higher item. What may be a subassembly at one point, however, may be an assembly at another.
Companies outsource this sub-assembly work to reduce manpower cost, maximize manufacturing space utilization, level inventory and to manage inbound packaging requirements.
Warehouse Service Offering 3 – Site Location
Site location services help companies find the ideal location for their warehouse or distribution center. The ideal warehouse or distribution center location is usually determined by a combination of where the shipments are coming from and where they are shipping to.
Access to transportation infrastructure is also a key consideration. A warehouse or distribution center that is far from it’s suppliers and customers would obviously add a lot to logistics costs.
Warehouse Service Offering 4 – Distribution Center Management
A distribution center is a warehouse for products. When a product is ordered it is shipped from the distribution center or warehouse. The distribution center manages inbound and outbound shipments and inventory.
A distribution center will typically be responsible for the following processes: receiving, putaway, order processing, replenishment, pulling, restocking, picking, validation, sorting and shipping
Most companies in the distribution center management business will use a distribution center management system (DCMS). DCMS is an enterprise oriented application designed to track the activities performed in a distribution center.
Warehouse Service Offering 5 – Vendor Managed Inventory
Vendor-managed inventory (VMI) is a family of business models in which the buyer of a product provides certain information to a supplier of that product and the supplier takes full responsibility for maintaining an agreed inventory of the material, usually at the buyer’s consumption location, usually a store. A 3PL can also be involved to make sure that the buyer has the required level of inventory by adjusting the demand and supply gaps.
The close relationship between supplier and buyer reduces the chance that the buyer will ever run out of stock. VMI also helps manage inventory and react to changes in supply and demand. Many of the big box retail chains use VMI very successfully.
Warehouse Service Offering 6 – Cross-docking
Cross-docking is the practice in logistics when cargo from incoming vehicle is directly loaded into an outbound mode of transportation.
Companies receive the following benefits from cross-docking: reduced labor costs, reduced need for warehouse space, and reduced lead time from order to customer.
There are different types of cross docking depending on the whether the client is a distributor, manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer. The most common process would be as follows: the warehouse receives goods from multiple suppliers, repackages those goods, loading the goods on to another truck for shipment to the customer.
Warehouse Service Offering 7 – Fulfillment
Fulfillment is the process of taking an order and executing it by making it ready for delivery to its intended customer. It may involve warehouse pickup, packaging, labeling,
There are many variations depending on the client, but the most basic services provides are: storage and warehousing, order processing, pick and pack, shipment of product, returns and exchanges, call center, invoicing and order administration.
The fulfillment service provider plays a key role in the supply chain because they will have direct contact with the client’s customer.
There are many kinds of warehouses
- Public warehouses
- private warehouses
- bonded warehouses and
- consolidated warehouses are some of the different types of warehouses available.
Different types of businesses use warehouses when they need to temporarily store products in bulk before either shipping them to other locations or individually to end consumers. In Solomon Zewdu Shipping and Freight Forwarding Agent we store packed HHG and store it temporarily and send out the shipment in air or sea.
Here at our company we also provide long term warehouse service based on our clients request with realistic price.
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